Not a nice word is it?
There were many names people used long ago to describe those people perhaps a little less fortunate than themselves. I bet you can think of at least five right now. But you wouldn't use them, would you? You wouldn't deliberately go out of your way to call someone with a condition a derogatory name, would you? It beggars belief in this day and age that words like the one above are still being branded about; they are still used in a spiteful fashion when addressing another human being who isn't seen as 'typical'.
The not-so-typical human being tries hard not to stand out; they laugh at jokes even though they haven't a clue what they're laughing at; they appear to be listening intently to their peers in order to appear cool; they try so much harder than a 'typical' child, simply because they want to fit in.
But then someone reminds them that they are 'different', that they don't get jokes and they can't join in mainstream-girlie chats. They remind them of this by calling them a 'spacca'.
Does this word come from school, from home, from other kids in the clique? We know it comes from somewhere but we're all too afraid to make accusations because then we'll be classed as neurotic, interfering, molly-coddling. It may even segregate our children even more when their peers learn they have been grassed up.
It happened months ago. Yet I've only just found out. My girl made the very grown up decision to ignore and pity the girl whose vileness excelled itself. What my girl has is something vile-girl will never have; courage to rise above the uneducated use of a vocabulary that has no place in today's society.
I think we all know who the intelligent one is here. She may not be your typical teenager, but she's my teenager. And that means she is loved unconditionally no matter what.